Friday, January 23, 2015

Living Life Abundantly

by Donna L. Watkins

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"Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20)

That is one powerful Scripture to meditate on. Too often we just read through the Bible and don't really focus on anything. When something seems to hit your heart while you're reading the Bible, STOP reading further. Take the time to stick with that verse. God wants to show you something, maybe many things, from that one verse. You can spend a month on one verse as God uses it to change us from glory to glory. When we accept Jesus as Savior and turn our lives over to Him, we have every promise given implanted into our spirit. "As He is, so are we in this world" (I John 4:17).

Notice the last portion of Ephesians 3:20 above. Many times we only quote the first part of it ... but the manifestation of that is 'according to the power that works in us'. We have all we need inside of us but we have to believe it to receive it. Jesus said, "Only believe" many times and also shared that He could not do any mighty works in His home town because of the unbelief there (Matt. 13:58).

Remember the story of Jairus that came to Jesus to heal his daughter. Jesus delayed his walk to the man's house when the woman with the issue of blood touched His garment. By the time they were ready to move on, Jairus' servants came to tell him she had died. What did Jesus say? "Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole" (Luke 8:50). Jesus gave him the qualifications for his daughter to be healed. He needed to fear not and believe and then she would be made whole.

Then when they arrived at the house, Jesus had everybody leave and only allowed 3 of His disciples to enter with the parents. Why? The crowds were mourning and jeering when Jesus said she wasn't dead, but only slept. All of that unbelief would surely affect the parents who needed to believe to have this happen. Peter, James and John were the "inner circle" of the disciples. They were the 3 disciples with Jesus on the mountain with the transfiguration, which means the other 9 disciples were the ones who couldn't get the epileptic boy healed that the father brought to them while Jesus was on the mountain.

You don't magically have life turn around when you get saved. It's how much you put into the relationship that makes things change. I have a box with 52 Scripture cards in it (52 Weeks to a Positive Life) and on the back there are comments by Norman Vincent Peale about the verse. The comments on the opening verse above are powerful, but you will notice it takes our active participation and belief to have things manifest into the physical realm from the spiritual that has been placed inside us at salvation.

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"Today, remind yourself that nothing is too good to be true. Your great hopes can be realized. Your most wonderful dreams can come true. All that you really need, you can have. An incredible goodness is operating on your behalf. If you are living a paltry life, resolve to stop it today. Expect great things to happen. Confidently receive God's abundant blessings. Do not think lack. Instead think prosperity, abundance, the best of everything. God wants to give to you, His child, every good thing. Don't hinder His generosity." -- Norman Vincent Peale

If you've not been spending time to know who God truly is, this won't happen instantly. The belief that's being talked about is in our hearts, not our heads. We can believe facts and information, but if our heart has been programmed from many years of disbelief or a different view of who God is, then it will take time to renew our minds so it can become our heart's belief also.

Consider this story from The Biology of Belief. One conservative, health-conscious New Englander, Claire Sylvia, was astonished when she developed a taste for beer, chicken nuggets and motorcycles after her heart-lung transplant. Sylvia talked to the donor's family and found she had the heart of an 18-year-old motorcycle enthusiast who loved chicken nuggets and beer. In her book, A Change of Heart, Sylvia outlines her personal transformational experiences, as well as similar experiences of other patients in her transplant support group.

One young girl began having nightmares of murder after her heart transplant. Her dreams were so vivid that they led to the capture of the murderer who killed her donor. Paul P. Pearsall presents a number of other such stories in his book, The Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy

The accuracy of memories that accompany these transplants is beyond chance or coincidence. Our hearts have neurons, just like the brain so that means it has memory.  It's said all of our emotions are stored in the heart from conception till death.  Every moment of our life has shaped and molded what we believe in our hearts.

God loves us so much that He left Heaven to become a man so that He could die to cover our sins. What the Law could not do, Christ did for us. Jesus said that if you had seen Him (Jesus), you have seen the Father, for He does nothing other than what the Father says and does. The Old Testament Law didn't take sin away. They had to sacrifice the blood of animals each year, but Christ's blood has taken away ALL sin in this world.

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

It is finished. Even unbelievers sins have been atoned for. They won't go to Hell because of their sin, but because they didn't take the salvation offered them in Jesus.

So why do we have such a difficult time living an abundant life? We are raised with a performance-based mentality. From toddler age we are being rewarded for being "good" and disciplined for being "bad." It continues through school in grades and sports, and certainly continues into the marketplace when we work. Even relationships are based on "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."

All of that programming leaves us with a heart belief that we have to do something to earn God's attention or blessings. It's already been done with Christ. How could man ever do anything that would match Christ's sacrifice? The Doing Mentality is what keeps us from understanding GRACE. Do a word study on that. Read every verse in the Bible about grace and renovate your mind so you can receive and live in all of God's blessings here on earth. That's what Jesus said He died to give you .... life abundantly.

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God, Quantum Physics & The Brain

by Dr. Caroline Leaf
There is growing evidence that biological systems operate at the level of Quantum Physics.

The Quantum Zeno effect has been described within the Science of Quantum Physics.

When applied to Neuroscience, the Quantum Zeno effect implies that the Brain becomes what you focus on. Focus is directed attention and is a function of the Mind. Thus, Quantum Physics supports the notion of Mind over Matter.

Watch Dr. Leaf speaking on this topic.

Dr Leaf has more more information on Quantum Physics and the Mind in her latest book Switch On Your Brain.

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Trace Minerals are Essential to Optimal Health

by Steven Horne, RH(AHG)

Many people recognize the need to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals, but are not aware of the vital importance of trace minerals. Multivitamins usually supply some minerals, but not all of the minerals the body needs. So, you still may be deficient in various trace minerals, even with a multi.

I believe that trace mineral deficiencies are as widespread as vitamin deficiencies, if not more so. This is because fungus and bacteria in the soil are what make minerals available to plants and the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides is destroying the microflora of the soil. This has caused the trace mineral content of foods to drop dramatically over the past century.

Besides getting minerals from food, you can also get minerals from water. Since ancient times, springs with mineral-rich water have been revered as sacred healing places. When a Southern Utah rancher investigated one of these mineral springs he found that the water from the spring passed through a special kind of clay called montmorillonite that was part of an ancient sea bed. As water passed through the clay it picked up numerous trace minerals, dissolving them in a colloidal suspension.

The rancher started mining the clay and leeching the water to produce a concentrated mineral water which is typically called colloidal minerals and a whole industry has sprung up creating this mineral rich water. I've taken colloidal minerals many times in my life and have used both montmorillonite and colloidal minerals in my garden (see note below). Montmorillonite has randomly-occurring amounts of about 70 trace minerals

I strongly believe in the value of colloidal minerals for improving general health as well as specifically creating healthier bones, joints, fingernails, hair, teeth and connective tissues. I also believe colloidal minerals can enhance immunity and liver detoxification. I put an article at treelite.com called Mind Your Minerals several years ago, which I just updated. It explains more about why I believe trace mineral supplements are necessary due to modern agricultural practices.

Colloidal minerals are one of the seven basic supplements I consider to be a form of nutritional health insurance. These seven basic supplements are one of the nine lessons in my Fundamentals of Natural Healing class.

Nature's Sunshine has three trace mineral supplements. They are Trace Mineral Maintenance, Ionic Minerals with Acai and Chinese Mineral Chi tonic. Trace Mineral Maintenance is simply tablets of montmorillonite clay. The clay itself can absorb heavy metals and has a healing effect on the gut. The tablets can be crushed and mixed with food for pets and can be very beneficial for animals as well. You can also find articles online about both Ionic Minerals with Acai and Chinese Mineral Chi Tonic.

Lastly, I mentioned that I use colloidal minerals in my garden. I don't use Nature's Sunshine formulas because I think they're too expensive to waste on a garden, so I just buy a cheap brand from the health food store. I make a spray using one ounce of colloidal mineral per gallon of water. I also add 3-4 drops of Sunshine Concentrate (because it makes water "wetter" so I believe it helps the plants absorb the minerals) and 1 teaspoon Nature's Fresh.

I also use one Tablespoon of kelp emulsion (which is also rich in minerals). Because my soil is deficient in calcium, I also leech eggshells in 50% water and 50% white vinegar to add to the spray. When I don't have eggshells I dissolve a little Nature's Sea Calcium in vinegar and add that to the spray.

I spray this mineral-rich liquid on the leaves of the plants in my vegetable garden. They produce much better yields from this and are healthier in general. Since we are composed of the dust of the earth, which plants lift into living matter, I believe that getting a higher mineral content into the foods we eat is a great way to improve health.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

From NaturalSociety.com

It’s flu season, and even if you don’t fall ill like Piers Morgan after publicly receiving a flu shot from Dr. Oz, you still run the risk of getting sick. Particularly in the colder months, when we are sitting inside more often, our houses are closed up, and we stay in close quarters—it’s the perfect time for illness to thrive.

But, when you take precautions to keep your immune system running on high, you can skip the tissues and even natural cold remedies, and coast through winter without a second thought. Here's an article with some tips: are 5 ways to supercharge and strengthen your immune system.  5 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Don't Give Up Hope

by Donna L. Watkins

When I spend time in my journal re-reading and reading Scripture cards, I feel full of faith and confidence of the Truth that I am healed, but my heart/belief is not yet persuaded, so when I get challenged by a physical symptom or thought of how awful it was not long ago ... and could I go back there ... that's when I repeat and stand on the Truth that I'm healed.

However, before my mouth is finished saying what I think is persuading my heart, my mind is busy and challenged to add more unbelief to it because I don't see anything that's changed right then and there. I definitely don't need any more unbelief, but I am a visual person. I would easily fit into the saying, "Seeing is believing." I've considered that to be a detriment in easily renewing my mind.

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Before I could even ask the Lord about this, I looked up at my HOPE wall word and my favorite definition came instantly to mind that I've been quoting for months.

"Hope is confident expectation
becoming your reality."

But this time I used the word 'my' instead of 'your' and realized that quoting the Bible Truth, "I am healed by the stripes of Jesus" can be a fact in my mind, but my heart does not agree. I needed another way in. A back door that I could put faith behind and this was it!

I had the visual (seeing is believing) before me with the wall word and had already been changing my mind on expecting good from God. What we expect is the world we create for ourselves. That made me realize that God was stepping me through this progressive healing as I drew near to Him. He spoke Trust and Rest to me for over a year before I even began to think I could trust Him. Initially I thought I did, so the shock of when He revealed I didn't took time to ponder since I had to see what trust meant.

I've always been very self-reliant so it wasn't a realm I was familiar with. Just months ago He told me the focus was changing to know more about His love for me and that I should meditate on and focus on expecting good from my Heavenly Daddy - my Abba as the Bible calls Him which translates to Daddy. I've been doing that during the day when I catch myself not expecting good.

Tune into your thoughts and words you speak and you will be surprised that your heart/belief will come out and not agree with what you think is true in your mind, just like mine did on the trust issue. As I looked at HOPE on the wall and thought about the definition, I realized that my heart could grasp that and carry me through to complete healing because I already have a growing list of improvements that can't be denied.

I could see them and believe that, but when I used the word "healed" as I would from Scripture, the picture of healed wasn't before me and my analytical and busy mind was sucking up the unbelief of the whole thing which challenged and negated my attempts to persuade my heart otherwise.

If you are dealing with long-term diseases like I am (25-50 years), it's going to take more renewal of the mind and a gradual healing is okay. It's what most people get due to how we think of ourselves. A long-term disease becomes a part of who you are because you're not able to be the real you that God created and that you remember being. If you were born with health issues like me, you may have never had good health to remember.

"Yes! I do have a confident expectation of being
healed, whole and divinely healthy becoming my reality."

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The body was designed to heal. Our cells are being continually replaced with new ones, but if they contain the same DNA they are not capable of healing. It's when we change our thoughts and beliefs that we change our DNA.

"Research shows that DNA actually changes shape according to our thoughts. As you think those negative thoughts about the week ahead that hasn’t happened yet, or that person who hasn’t actually said or done anything yet, the toxic thinking has changed your brain wiring in a negative direction and thrown your mind and body into stress." -- Dr. Caroline Leaf

[Read: 75-98% of Mental & Physical Illnesses Come From Thought Life]

God is faithful. He won't interfere with our freewill but He'll guide us to where we need to go if we place ourselves before Him to worship, adore and receive all He has to give us. The more we see and receive His love, the more the promises of the Bible come alive in the physical realm. When we expect God to be good, we get good.

For a very long time I thought it was all about understanding the spiritual truths for it to come to pass in the physical, but I heard a video message called "Renovate Your Mind" where it was said it's not about understanding how these spiritual mysteries work because our finite minds can't grasp this ... it's about relationship and spending time with Him until we know His love and goodness and it brings out all the promises of God that He already placed within us.

Don't give up HOPE!

"Placebos trigger biochemical changes in the body only if the patient believes in it. This confirms the capacity of the human body to transform HOPE into tangible and essential biochemical change. Illness is always interaction between mind and body." -- Norman Cousins



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Human and Pet Vaccines: Absolutely Necessary?

By Marie Cargill

Some people believe that everybody should be required to have vaccines. Others believe they are unsafe and have serious reservations due to the list of known adverse reactions. Why the controversy?

One of the chief reasons is the use of a pharmaceutical compound called Thimerosol, which contains about 50% mercury. Thimerosol is both water and fat soluble and when injected it can penetrate any and every part of the body including the brain, and can bypass the natural defense mechanisms that work to bind and expel toxin metals like mercury.

Thimerosol is too toxic to be applied to the skin, yet is still being used as a preservative in vaccines.  Read the entire article.


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Adult Children of Gay Parents Testify Against Same-Sex Marriage

"When we institutionalize same-sex marriage... we move from permitting citizens the freedom to live as they choose, to promoting same-sex headed households. Now we are normalizing a family structure where a child will always be deprived daily of one gender influence and the relationship with at least one natural parent. Our cultural narrative becomes one that, in essence, tells children that they have no right to the natural family structure or their biological parents, but that children simply exist for the satisfaction of adult desires." -Katy Faust

As the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether to strike down laws in three states banning same-sex "marriage," four adult children of homosexual parents have filed court briefings arguing that government-sanctioned homosexual unions could lead to disaster for thousands of kids.  Read the entire article.


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